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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
  • Area man arrested for involuntary manslaughter

  • CB tag involved in incident
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  • Aaron Michael Wormington, 34, was arrested Tuesday on an Audrain County warrant for the involuntary manslaughter of Jade Stafford and operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner.
    According to the probable cause statement, at approximately 10:19 p.m., Nov. 23, 2013 the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department investigated a fatal traffic crash on Audrain County Road 820, approximately a mile west of Audrain County Road 815.
    Upon arriving to the scene, officers located a red Ford F250 off the left side of the roadway. The vehicle had sustained extensive damage to its front and the impact appeared to the officers to have initiated at the rear of the driver door. The vehicle was registered to Shawn Smith of Mexico.
    Further off the left side of the roadway from the Ford was located an overturned gray Hyundai Sonata, registered to Wormington.
    Wormington stated at the scene he was driving the Sonata at the time of the crash and Stafford was a passenger in his vehicle. He said Stafford was his daughter's best friend.
    Wormington said he was attempting to pass Smith, when Smith began to make a left turn onto a field road without using his turn signal, causing the collision. Wormington was then transported to Audrain Medical Center.
    Smith stated the vehicles were playing CB tag (citizens band radio tag) at the time of the crash and insisted he used his turning signal and had nearly stopped before attempting to make the turn.
    Both drivers were given a breathalyzer and were found to be sober.
    Wormington admitted to playing CB tag at the time of the accident, but stated he did not know Smith was participating in the game before the crash.
    Major Crash Investigation Unit Two found the Sonata was traveling at an estimated speed in excess of 70 miles per hour in a 50 mile per hour zone at the time of the crash.
    It was determined Wormington did not exercise the highest degree of care and recklessly caused the death of Stafford by passing in an unsafe manner at a high rate of speed.
    After completing the investigation, a warrant was issued for Wormington's arrest.
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